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5 days left…


5 days left to launch…

After 2 years of anticipation, long working hours to pay for building a dream come to life and make a living on the side, long discussions and arguments with a tech team in another part of the world and where things are done ‘differently’, nervous moments about how to fund the next part of the development, waking up each morning at 4am to work according to a time zone so different to mine, moving forward against all odds….and just when I thought we had everything set up, what happens? The whole site crashes!

Time is ticking and I currently have no control and cannot do anything. Do I feel nervous, funny enough not as much I perhaps should? I have a feeling that things will be sorted in one way or another. They always do. The day the site crashed, a friend just turned up out of the blue and asked how things are going? So I told him about the problem and he’s respond was “oh…I happen to be very good at that, let me see…”

Was an angel sent to me?

He has since been working so hard to try and solve the issues until very late each night and up again the next morning to continue on what he left off only a few hours before. He is having frustrating conversations with the development team in a different time zone who are not exactly being cooperative to help to clear up the messes. Yet, he is smiling and keeping calm. With no expectations, not asking for anything in return and only trying to help. He must be an angel, right?

The project has been moving forward ‘magically’. Only a month ago, I was looking to find a project manager to ensure that the final part of the development runs smoothly and to help me to take over the project from India. A friend, who has a busy project of his own and a family including a little baby to take care of, actually made the effort to search through all his networks to find someone available for this job. Are these people angels or what?

So I set up a meeting with the potential Project Manager and immediately had a good feeling about him.  My only concern was the cost so I was waiting in anticipation to hear the news. Not surprisingly, he brought up the topic but to my greatest surprise he said “I will do this for you for free, life has been good so I am in no immediate need of money!” What?  Really? Another angel?

And two weeks ago, I needed someone I could trust to look into the final bugs and to do final testing on performance etc. A short email to a friend who I haven’t spoken to for a while… and the respond; “I would gladly help”

Words cannot describe my appreciation for being surrounded by such good people!

When help has been needed the most, help has come in different ways. Perhaps this is the reason why I am not as nervous as I perhaps should be.  Not to say that I don’t worry, I do…a lot! Most worried about the amazing guys who are working on this day and night to ensure that the deadline is kept regardless of the big challenge we are currently facing. They are taking the pressure on their shoulders and reassuring me that things will be sorted.

I see all these great people helping and moving things forward without any expectations and wonder why anyone would ever say that we live in a world where goodness no longer exists. It does and it is everywhere. We just have to be able to see and appreciate it.

There is no lack of good people and great circumstances… there is only the lack of appreciation!

How to achieve a perfect and happy life!

It happens to the best of us, we wake up in the morning and without no reason what so ever we feel as if the whole world is ONE BIG negative place.

We feel depressed, helpless and alone. “No one understands…the happy ones are the lucky few who simply have great lives… I am a victim…” Some of us might even be so pessimistic to think that those who are happy live in an illusion and cannot see the real world.

Who is blind? The one who can spot the colours even in the dark or the one who remains in darkness with open eyes?

But are these feelings really without reasons, or have we simply not taken the time to understand why we sometimes feel this way? Could it be that we actually suffer from a depression or is it simply because we choose to be negative as it is easier?

Depression could of course be the cause and the necessary steps must be taken in order to deal with depression. But is feeling down the same as being depressed? If that is the case, then we must all suffer from some kind of depression. In some ways it is always easier to blame the world rather than taking responsibility for our own happiness. But is this approach really better? And is this ‘easy solution’ really easy to live with?

One thing is for sure and that is the fact that happiness comes from within. Nothing externally is able to buy us happiness if we are unable to appreciate what we have already. You might be poor and unhappy and think that

winning the lottery would solve all your problems, but if you are financially successful and yet miserable, you remember the times when you had nothing and yet so happy because you had no responsibility and could enjoy real happiness with the most simple things in life.

Or, you might consider yourself overweight and envy every slim person and believe that a thin body would create all happiness you lack in your life, but if you have a perfect body shape but are suffering from a disease, you would happily be ‘less perfect’… only to be healthy again.

It is not life or our situation that makes us unhappy, it is simply us who find excuses to stay unhappy. If you are single and miserable and thinking that a relationship would be the solution to all your life desires and future dreams, you might want to know that couples with family responsibilities would give anything to just have ONE day for themselves…to feel free…The list can go on but the idea is the same.

We feel unhappy not because of the lack of things we have in our life, but because of the lack of appreciation to the things we do have.

Our mood is not an outcome of a situation but it is the result of our own perception. Our experiences and feelings depend on how we choose to see things.

Consequently, our life is moulded around our feelings and perceptions. There are many interesting studies related to this argument and a research undertaken at Yale University has even found that you can prolong your life by having a positive perception of yourself.

Is it your perception?

Is the issue that worries you really that big or does it just look that way because of your focus on the ‘issue’ and for failing to see the bigger picture in your life?

Simple tips to stay Positive and Happy

Smile more!

Don’t underestimate the joy of giving. You don’t need to give your fortune away. Sometimes a simple smile is enough!

“If the essence of my being has caused a smile to have appeared upon your face or a touch of joy wtihin your heart, then in living I have made my mark.” Thomas L. Odem Jr.

Believe in happiness!

“If you can imagine it you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it.” William Arthur Ward

It is all about your perception!

Try and see things from a positive person’s perspective! How would a positive person see your situation? Is it really so hard to see it that way?

“When you realize how perfect everything is, you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky”. Buddha

Eat healthy!

“One should eat to live, not live to eat.” Moliere

Be kind to your self and love your body!

“He who loves the world as his body may be entrusted with the empire.” Lao Tzu

Great life is a result of a great outlook on life!!

”Our expectancies not only affect how we see reality but also affect the reality itself,”   Edward E. Jones- Psychologist at Princeton University

The end of my 365 day challenge…

Is the challenge of life ever ending?

Over a year ago I started a 365 day challenge which was later extended to cover some additional challenges. I challenged myself to stay in shape by having a healthy diet and making sure to have regular exercise while completing my International MBA at IE Business School. The deadline has now passed and I have been postponing to write about it as I have been refusing to accept that it is all over now and that this will be the last post I make!

The final chapter needs to end with a conclusion but all I can conclude is that I have no real conclusion!

Yes, I completed my MBA successfully…Yes, I carried my project to IE’s Venture Lab as I had wanted from day one…I even made it to the final and attracted serious investors for my venture. I followed a healthy diet and I exercised despite the lack of time…So, is this the end of my challenge?

Like anything else in life, there are no endings, only new beginnings.

In a weird way, the same goes for fitness. Getting fit or staying in shape is not really a short term challenge but rather a lifestyle change. Every time we choose to see things in black and white, we make it harder or almost impossible for ourself to achieve our goals. With this approach, even when we achieve our ‘goals’, we are still not satisfied. A missed day at the gym, or eating a small piece of chocolate suddenly becomes the biggest sin we have ever made!  The guilty feeling as a consequence makes us forget all about our achievement to the extend that it might even damage our motivation and hope!

Regardless of what challenge we pursue in life, there are always distractions, changes and alternatives.

When we are faced with a challenge, whether an unforeseen or a planned one, we simply wait impatiently to overcome it. But this prevents us from really experiencing the situation in order to explore what the situation could have actually taught us about ourselves and about our strengths.

Most of us have made this mistake. I have personally missed so many amazing experiences because I missed to see the tones between the colours. It was either perfect or unacceptable! But perfection itself is a limitation! Sometimes a little flexibly creates opportunities that would never have been possible otherwise…

So…I will apply this flexibility on this blog and will not make this post my final! Instead of a ‘perfect’ ending I will continue writing and will share a lot of amazing new beginnings…


Business calling! Santiago has to wait…

28th April 2011

My sudden need to cut my Camino de Santiago trip short and return to Madrid, brought me to a very interesting person and a serious entrepreneur! Real estate, winery…including the branded ‘Real Madrid’ and Antonio Banderas wine ‘Anta Banderas’, restaurants, coffee, chocolate… you name it!

I mentioned my project very briefly but I think I managed to excite him with my enthusiasm, cause he seemed very interested and started asking me a lot of question. At some point I actually felt like I was being interviewed with all the questions. The interesting part was that the whole conversation was in Spanish, so you can imagine how funny the whole communication was going with my limited Spanish!

We were using sign language, paper, hands, drawings…anything that would help us to explain ourselves, it was very amusing but it was working!! 😀

He kept saying something about ‘socio’ and at first I thought he was discussing social media but eventually I realised that he was talking about partnership…but didn’t fully understand what he was talking about. He tried to get one of his friends who spoke English to join us but unfortunately he couldn’t make it.  So we finally agreed that we will meet in Madrid where he would come with his friend…this will be an interesting meeting!

Business aside, the Camino experience has left me fully charged and with tons of energy! It was simply a unique experience…one that I would simply love to experience again and continue where I left!

I must add that it actually feels like I am continuing in a way…lol…I automatically wake up around 6,30am and I feel like I have to start moving! So I have been going to the gym very early in the morning and after 3 hours in the gym, I still feel like I could continue for another 3 hours!!! Of cause its not the same as walking in the nature while seeing the sun rise and listening to the singing birds, but it is a different kind of fun and of course in a shorter time, it allows you to really get a good work out!

Day 5…Camino de Santiago! Leon to St Martin

25th April 2011

To continue where I left yesterday…

Today, I woke up absolutely fresh, fully rested and even had a full treatment of laundry taking care of and a rucksack full of clean clothes!

I had one of the Albergue rooms in Leon ALL to myself! I was so excited that I didn’t even want to leave and I actually started my walk much later than usual…8.30am!!

Sometimes a simple going back to basic is all what it takes to appreciate things which we normally take for granted!

Don’t get me wrong… Thumbs up for 5* which would be my first choice anytime I have a choice!

However, luxury is only good, as long as we are able to fully appreciate it. Once its taken for granted, that is when it has lost its value!
Like anything in life I guess… Unfortunately, most often we take things for granted that mean the most and only realise this when its too late!

A good practice would be to have a quick look around and imagine that it was all gone…which would you miss the most?

…then perhaps appreciate it more and enjoy every second that its still there!

Philosophy aside… Today was specially interesting!

After a great sightseeing in the beautiful centre of Leon, I started my walk towards St Martin. I was really enjoying my walk and was proudly thinking how well everything had been working out and that I’m finally getting a hang of this Camino de Santiago thing…until I got distracted by ‘you have got an email from a specific sender sound’ in my back pocket.

Should I check or wait until the next break? Before my brain had managed to evaluate the question, my hand had already grabbed the phone and was checking the email… Ok! It was an important one…good I checked! I replied immediately and received another reply straight away…replied again and there it was again! Ok… After a few back and forth responds, I realised that I had to get back to Madrid…a.s.a.p. tomorrow morning!

Business calling!

Ok… Here I was in the middle of no where! I needed to get to the nearest place where I could find transportation back to Leon and then back to Madrid.

I started walking faster…I walked for an hour or so until I reached to a cafeteria in Saint Miguel. With my broken Spanish, I explained my situation and my urgent need to return back to Madrid.

While, the owner was looking for the best alternative for me, a man just entered. Ahhhh… shouted the owner…they started talking very fast Spanish and then the owner explained to me that the man was a family of his and was going back to Leon. Also that he would give me a lift but he just had to make a few quick stops for business…sure! No problemo para me!

So I went with him and pretended to be the ‘assistant’ while he was visiting a few clients whom all treated him more like a friend.

One of his clients was a restaurant which supposedly is the best and the most famous in the whole region.

Inside, there were pictures of all kind of celebrities who had eaten there before, including the Spanish ministers!

I must admit…the food was very nice but what surprised me the most was the wine Anta Banderas… which my host claimed to own in partnership with Antonios Banderas himself!

To be continued…

Day 4… Walking for 32km to meet a monster!

25 April 2011

Spending the night at the Albergue in Mansilla was not as peaceful as in the church in Sahagun!

I fact, there was a monster at this Albergue, which probably even kept the neighbours awake…if not the whole town…without exaggeration! For sure! I have no doubt!

Ok I thought! I might as well use the time efficiently and got on with my emails…great idea! Although the monster’s un-patterned and completely out of tune sound distracted me every now and then, I was happy and was actually relaxing by working… until…

…My battery died! Great! The nearest access to a charging station without waking the whole Arbergue required me to walk across the garden in the cold! The thought of this made me convince myself of how important it was to find a way to rest after my 37km of walking…and then I remembered! “The guy in the front”…the one I had been asked to follow yesterday! He had given me a set of new earplugs just before he had left and said that I would thank him for it!

He was right! I was seriously thankful! I finally managed to fall asleep with them! It completely isolated all sounds…well, almost! (the monster was still filtering through but without damaging my hearing)

So, an ABSOLUTE MUST when you pack for your Camino de Santiago trip!

…Or simply don’t forget your credit card at home (like I did) and sleep in a nice hotel and get a nice rest for your big walk! 😉

Oh yes, I forgot to mention… I have forgotten my credit card at home! So beside the amazing people I look forward to meet at an Albergue, I’m trying to make the most of the little cash that I have left on me!

But jokes aside, sheltering at Albergues have so far been a amazing experience. I have met so many different people from all over the world! So many interesting stories and all so unique. It really makes you realise how much people are actually different to one another…and yet, similar enough to all leave home with only one rucksack on their shoulder and with an open mind creating this very unique experience… together!
Most Albergues also have kitchen facilities, so people who have never met before and don’t speak each other’s language, cook together, eat together and laugh together…the wine being a big help here of course!
So despite the noise, despite the fact that you don’t have your own bathroom and despite the lacking sheets on the beds (although I have been getting special treatment and HAVE been given sheets… by refusing to carry a sleeping bag) the albergue experience is a big part of the Camino de Santiago experience!

…Specially when you can sleep and you are fully rested!

I will soon find out how much rest I will get in Leon tonight!
To be continued…